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Old 10-08-2019, 12:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Brief update on this--the paw situation seemed to be improving, in that the red area was going away, when I noticed she'd started biting and licking at the front of her front leg (the other leg), right around the knee joint. Sure enough when i looked she had a raw spot--hard to find with all the fur. Around the raw spot, i can feel an area that feels scabby. It's hard to see through the fur, but it looks like there are raised bumpy scabs around the knee joint. I checked the other front leg, and they are there, too, in the same place. I can't believe i would not have felt these during grooming--i brush her every day--but i suppose it's possible that i'm not actually running my hands over that area, usually just the brush. So, i'm taking her to the vet later this week. I have no idea what it could be but i cleaned the raw spot and put some antibac ointment on there, then put a tall sock on her to keep her from biting/licking. It's not like she's constantly licking, just randomly/occasionally. i keep giving her other things to chew in the hopes of distracting her, which seems to work somewhat. So, i'll be interested to see what the dr says.
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Always better to be on the safe side and ask your vet - there have been cases of CRGV in the UK, so I watch any lesions on legs very carefully!
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May I suggest you clip your beloved poodle down to perhaps a 7 in the areas there may be problems so that you can find them quickly, and so that they can be exposed to fresh air?

This sounds so uncomfortable.

Having their fur/hair look lovely is far less important than having them healthy. May your dear poodle be well soon.
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...right around the knee joint. Sure enough when i looked she had a raw spot--hard to find with all the fur. Around the raw spot, i can feel an area that feels scabby....
This sounds like a skin issue of some sort for sure, but patchy. One of our bulldogs Millie has the same issue (from what it sounds like) that randomly occurred! No change in her food, lifestyle, stress, anything! I unfortunately forgot the name, but Millie was diagnosed with this skin condition that was easily treated for her.
This was about 1-2 years ago, but from what I can remember, had to do with the oils on her skin. Our vet prescribed special soap and leave-in conditioner for her. Giving her a bath once a week (maybe twice) was the fix all and did this for about a month. The soap would strip all the oils from her skin, especially those scabby areas. The conditioner was to be mixed with warm water and be poured/soaked on her skin everywhere the soap touched. This would replenish and nourish those scabby areas. We would also dip her paws in the conditioner and have her stand in a bowl of it. We would have to have her drip dry in the shower (per the instructions to not rub off the conditioner).

To this day we have some of this special soap and condition left over and give it to her when needed. Ever few months we will pet her a her fur will come off in patches (where the scabs will be discovered underneath). Then we know its time for a good conditioned soak.

Maybe talk to your vet regarding the oils in your pups skin. Some type of good soap or leave-in conditioner may help your baby out. Hoping you find an answer soon :-)
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This sounds like a skin issue of some sort for sure, but patchy. One of our bulldogs Millie has the same issue (from what it sounds like) that randomly occurred! No change in her food, lifestyle, stress, anything! I unfortunately forgot the name, but Millie was diagnosed with this skin condition that was easily treated for her.

This was about 1-2 years ago, but from what I can remember, had to do with the oils on her skin. Our vet prescribed special soap and leave-in conditioner for her. Giving her a bath once a week (maybe twice) was the fix all and did this for about a month. The soap would strip all the oils from her skin, especially those scabby areas. The conditioner was to be mixed with warm water and be poured/soaked on her skin everywhere the soap touched. This would replenish and nourish those scabby areas. We would also dip her paws in the conditioner and have her stand in a bowl of it. We would have to have her drip dry in the shower (per the instructions to not rub off the conditioner).



To this day we have some of this special soap and condition left over and give it to her when needed. Ever few months we will pet her a her fur will come off in patches (where the scabs will be discovered underneath). Then we know its time for a good conditioned soak.



Maybe talk to your vet regarding the oils in your pups skin. Some type of good soap or leave-in conditioner may help your baby out. Hoping you find an answer soon :-)
We continue to struggle with the paw chewing and licking. Vet thinks it is allergies. Spent a fortune on special foods, oils, additives, no gluten/no chicken , now all natural and organic fish based

It is worse whenever Charlie comes indoors. How do you deny a dog runs in the forest and dog park? I know that no spray is used there. A Forum member kindly suggested washing his paws every time he comes indoors. I am going to attempt this, a bit of a challenge with paws so big that each one completely covers my palm.

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Thank you all for the suggestions! I took Cleo to the vet and it turned out the spot on her leg is a mild bacterial infection, and it had already started to heal from using bacitracin and covering it with a sock. She gave us a different topical antibiotic to use--it's a liquid that I apply diluted in water--and said to continue putting socks on her while it heals the rest of the way if she is chewing. It's already quite a bit better. It's in a spot where she often gets food from chews and bark from sticks, etc, stuck to her fur, so i wonder if it was caused by a contact allergy. Her paw was pododermatitis, probably from too much moisture staying between her toes, but it is all better so we don't have to do anything there. Anyway, i'm going to keep an eye on things and see if it seems to be exacerbated by a particular activity or food. (Interestingly, she doesn't mind wearing the socks, doesn't chew on them or anything. I've been calling her "sock puppy"...)
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Thank you all for the suggestions! I took Cleo to the vet and it turned out the spot on her leg is a mild bacterial infection, and it had already started to heal from using bacitracin and covering it with a sock. She gave us a different topical antibiotic to use--it's a liquid that I apply diluted in water--and said to continue putting socks on her while it heals the rest of the way if she is chewing. It's already quite a bit better. It's in a spot where she often gets food from chews and bark from sticks, etc, stuck to her fur, so i wonder if it was caused by a contact allergy. Her paw was pododermatitis, probably from too much moisture staying between her toes, but it is all better so we don't have to do anything there. Anyway, i'm going to keep an eye on things and see if it seems to be exacerbated by a particular activity or food. (Interestingly, she doesn't mind wearing the socks, doesn't chew on them or anything. I've been calling her "sock puppy"...)
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I took Cleo to the vet and it turned out the spot on her leg is a mild bacterial infection, and it had already started to heal from using bacitracin and covering it with a sock. She gave us a different topical antibiotic to use--it's a liquid that I apply diluted in water--and said to continue putting socks on her while it heals the rest of the way if she is chewing.
Interesting, sometimes just changing from one ointment to another helps.

I had been using neosporin on an infection on my foot and 6 months later it was actually getting worse. My Dr changed what I was using, after a break of using nothing but soap and water. It turned out that I had developed an allergy to Neosporin. Whenever I have tried to use it the wound will not heal.
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